SDUT: Gates: 'Day to Day'

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who left Sunday's game against the Bills in the 3rd quarter with a foot injury, says he is currently "day to day."

Gates met with local media on Monday, smiling the entire time, but wearing a protective boot on his right foot.

An X-ray and MRI proved negative, and he will test out the injured foot on Wednesday, he said.

He disputed televised reports that the injury was "season ending."

Gates is the Chargers leading receiver with 56 receptions and 784 yards. He and Keenan McCardell are tied on the team with seven touchdowns each.

After Sunday's win over the Bills, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said that Gates had been the target of good-natured ribbing among his teammates. Earlier in his career, the former basketball player, according to Tomlinson, had yet to become a true football player who learns to play through minor injuries.

Mindful of such talk, Gates says there are a number of nagging pains he doesn't even mention. A nagging finger injury, for example, isn't even on the radar.

"You don't want to go to the trainer and tell him your fingernail hurts," he said, laughing.

The sprained foot was a bit different, he said.

"We'll see how it feels Wednesday," he said.

Earlier Monday, quarterback Drew Brees was informed by Nick Canepa and Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune, that a Gates' drop in the first half had cost him a shot at a record for most consecutive completions (15) to start a game.

"He did?" Brees answered, before assuming a mock expression of disgust. "That's messed up. C'mon Gates."

In all seriousness, Brees noted that Gates had made a number of more difficult catches through the season.

"What was it, his second drop off the season?"